A spokesman of the Shiite Sadr Movement lambasted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his remarks in support for the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, NCR or PMOI), cautioning that he is not entitled to comment on the settlement or extension of the terrorist group’s presence in Iraq.
"He (Ban Ki-moon) is actually implementing others’ policies which are against Iraq’s freedom and independence since there is no law that allows Ban Ki-moon to comment on the presence of the MKO in Iraq or their leaving the country," the Cultural Advisor of Sadr Movement, Rassem al-Marvani, told FNA on Wednesday.
He underlined that a simple look at the positions taken by Ban Ki-moon shows that he is following the imperialistic policies of the US and is trying to put pressure on Iran in this way.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, a senior Pakistani analyst blasted the US and European states’ support for the terrorist MKO, and stressed that the western states are seeking to destabilize the region by supporting the terrorist group.
In an interview with Habilian website, the official website of Iran’s Habilian Association – a human rights group formed by the families of 17,000 terror victims in Iran – Seyed Feiz Hussein Naqshbandi described US and European supports for the MKO as "political and immoral."
He added the US seeks to create insecurity in the countries opposed to the colonial policies of America by such measures.
Naqshbandi said that the supports of the United States and some European countries for terrorists are aimed at "creating turmoil and turbulence in the Middle East."
Earlier reports said that the ringleaders of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization who were under the Iraqi government’s pressures to leave the country have transferred a number of the group’s members to the European countries.
According to the report, the 200 members of the terrorist MKO who had disappeared from the notorious Camp Ashraf in Iraq in past months have been reappearing in European countries.
The MKO has been in Iraq’s Diyala province since the 1980s.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.